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Happy #GivingTuesdayNow – A Day of Global Giving!

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow! For 24 hours, #GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for people everywhere to stand together in unity by powering the movements that they care about, even amidst all the strangeness and uncertainty resulting from COVID-19. At Friends of the Everglades, we are doubling down on virtual efforts to ensure that you remain informed and aware of advocacy opportunities from the safety of your own home. We’ve added online education resources to engage with the next generation of Everglades advocates, and we’ve banded together with experts and activists across the state to bring you a new online series of Clean Water Conversations. We’re also continuing our legacy of watchdog work, most recently by calling on members of Congress to block [...]

2020-07-01T13:58:52-04:00May 4th, 2020|Action Alerts, All Posts|

Congress must reject 20-year-old water promises to protect future of Lake Okeechobee, estuaries & Everglades

The following letter was sent by Friends of the Everglades to all Florida congressional offices requesting their rejection of the intentionally manipulative language additions that would ultimately prioritize the water supply needs for large industrial farms south of Lake Okeechobee over the health of residents living along toxic-algae plagued waterways. April 29, 2020 To the members of Florida's congressional delegation: On behalf of Friends of the Everglades, I’m writing to voice our concerns about an effort to manipulate this year’s Water Resources & Development Act (WRDA) in a manner that would be detrimental to the Everglades, the northern estuaries and Florida Bay. In an email sent Tuesday, April 28, Rep. Alcee Hastings’ staff requested other representatives sign onto a letter [...]

#GivingTuesdayNow is One Week From Today!

Virtual advocacy is working! The success of our first Clean Water Conversation last week is proof that no matter the changes happening in the world as a result of the coronavirus, people still care about protecting Florida’s most precious resources. We are exactly one week away from #GivingTuesdayNow. The 24-hour giving event, happening May 5th, is a global day of giving inspired by the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. This is your chance to support important efforts to educate the public and protect our waterways despite all distractions. Will you help us expand our virtual efforts by making a donation on May 5th during #GivingTuesdayNow? Your generosity will support the growth of our newly relaunched Young Friends of the Everglades [...]

2020-07-01T13:58:59-04:00April 28th, 2020|Action Alerts, All Posts|

Clean Water Conversation Recording Available Now!

Video streaming glitches aside, we made it through our first Clean Water Conversation today! Technological difficulties are a humbling reminder that we’re adapting to the major shift to virtual advocacy. Thanks to all who stuck it out with us through the initial hiccups. If you missed parts of the conversation or want to share this with a friend, you can find the full recording HERE. https://youtu.be/xOWyz-sjMFY A big thank you goes out to Gary Goforth, Maggy Hurchalla, and Rae Ann Wessel for making this a successful and informative event. Remember: We hope you'll stay involved by tuning into the upcoming LOSOM PDT meeting happening virtually on April 30th at 1 p.m. You can find more information about that here. Thanks again [...]

2020-07-01T13:58:00-04:00April 23rd, 2020|All Posts, Clean Water Conversations, LOSOM|

Earth Day Reflections

Friends, I’m writing you this Earth Day from my back patio, where I’m savoring the gift of a breezy late-spring afternoon. I hope you’re able to safely enjoy the outdoors today, too. Even if you’re stuck indoors during this period of quarantine, we can offer a few ways to honor the planet on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day: Help protect the endangered Key deer by signing our petition. When you’re done, share the petition and our Young Friends of the Everglades learning materials with the students in your life. Get educated about Lake Okeechobee by reading our Earth Day guest column published in The Palm Beach Post, Sun Sentinel, The News-Press, The Daytona Beach News-Journal and TCPalm. The Invading [...]

2020-07-01T13:58:23-04:00April 22nd, 2020|All Posts, Friends of the Everglades Statements|

Join our first Clean Water Conversation this Thursday

COVID-19 has not lessened the need for advocacy — it has simply changed the format. This week, we’re announcing the debut of a new livestream series called Clean Water Conversations. Our goal with these live video events is to keep you connected, informed, and aware of advocacy opportunities that you can participate in from the safety of your own home. You can tune in to our first one on your lunch break this Thursday, April 23rd at noon. The conversation will be streamed to Facebook Live. Sign up to attend by clicking HERE. If you’re unable to attend, or don’t use facebook, the event will be recorded and made available at a later date. Our first Clean Water Conversation will focus on the [...]

2020-07-01T13:58:36-04:00April 20th, 2020|All Posts, Clean Water Conversations, LOSOM|

Important Advocacy Powered by #GivingTuesdayNow Support During Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our lives, but it has not diminished our spirit of advocacy.  During the past month, our staff has been working remotely to deliver two new programs that will help empower environmental advocacy in the era of COVID-19. The first is the new Young Friends of the Everglades, a virtual learning hub for students that’s designed to inspire action among the youngest environmentalists. Students can sign a petition to protect the Key deer and learn about Everglades ecology through this free virtual program. The second is a virtual outreach initiative to ensure Lake Okeechobee is managed in the interest of human health, not polluters. It’s essential that we raise our collective voices on the federal government’s [...]

2020-07-01T13:59:18-04:00April 16th, 2020|Action Alerts, All Posts|

Introducing a new, virtual-learning hub for Young Friends of the Everglades

Dear Friends of the Everglades, Today would have been the 130th birthday of our founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Everything we do at Friends of the Everglades is driven by Marjory’s legacy of advocacy, and it’s our honor to mark this Everglades Day with some good news we believe she would be proud of. Today we are re-launching our Young Friends of the Everglades program, which has been reimagined as a virtual education portal for students. The new Young Friends program is devoted to teaching students about advocacy, starting with a campaign to keep the Key deer’s protected status under the Endangered Species Act. On the new Young Friends of the Everglades section of our website, you will find: Among the [...]

2020-06-30T18:16:25-04:00April 7th, 2020|All Posts, Young Friends of the Everglades|

Toll Road Extension Through the Everglades Defeated

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, March 30, 2020 Media Contacts: Ana Lima, Tropical Audubon Society, (917)921-9291, communications@tropicalaudubon.org Laura Reynolds, Friends of the Everglades and Hold the Line Coalition Organizer, (786) 543-1926, lreynolds@conservationconceptsllc.org  Hold the Line Coalition cofounders prevail in SR-836 Extension legal challenge — Judge Rules Against Miami-Dade County plans to extend SR-836 beyond the Urban Development Boundary, into the Everglades  An administrative law judge has ruled against Miami-Dade County’s proposed SR-836 extension outside of Miami-Dade County’s Urban Development Boundary (UDB) intruding into the Everglades. The ruling clearly is the death knell for the planned 14-mile, 6-lane toll road. The sole justification for the tollway - that it would improve congestion - was flatly rejected based on the evidence. Therefore, we [...]

2020-07-01T13:59:57-04:00March 30th, 2020|All Posts, Friends of the Everglades Statements|